Dec 26, 2012 6:00am PST
now, chairman of the department of medicine at newark beth israel medical center. what do you make of it? >> well, he's 88 years old. this is a president who's been in exceptionally good health. i mean, he jumps out of airplanes at the age of 85 which i thought was an absolutely amazing guy. i can recall his illnesseses over his life which included a thyroid problem, you remember when he was president. one worries about an 88-year-old who comes in with trach yo bronchitis with a chronic cough, perhaps a low-grade fever. gregg: what does that mean, pneumonia? >> yeah, well, it could mean knew known ya. bronchitis is an inin mission of the tubes that go into the lung, and you have trouble clearing mucus. you have trouble coughing, and coughing causes a lot of problems, so pneumonia is a possibility. and then when you're that old, you run the risk of a blood infection, and that can be lethal for somebody over the age of 75. gregg: what happens? >> it'll cause organ failure, and it is often times fatal. so i think the doctors are playing it safe. put him on antibiotics -- gregg: right.
Dec 27, 2012 6:00am PST
optimism. that's what i have. >> chairman of the department of medicine at newark hospital. thank you. >> thank you for having me. gregg: a war of words erupting on capitol hill. moments ago harry reid took to the floor of the u.s. senate and blasted the house speaker john boehner a kaoutsing the speake accusing him of putting his career ahead of middle class families. >> the american people i don't think understand the house of representatives is operating without the house o representatives. it's being opted with a dictatorship of the speaker not allowing the representatives to get what they want. if the 250 would be brought up it would pass overwhelmingly, i repeat. gregg: a dictatorship. how about that? republican leadership has said it's up to the u.s. senate to act first, because the house has already passed two bills related to the fiscal cliff, so we'll wait and see what happens there. as if parking wasn't frustrating enough, one city is boosting its meter rates to become the country's most expensive place to park. would you believe $6.50 an hour? we'll tell you where. patti a